Gabbeh Persian Rugs – Simplistic and Beautiful

Oriental Rug Salon is a full-service Oriental and Persian area rug cleaning and appraisal company located in SW Florida.

In this week’s blog post, we explore the history of the Gabbeh area rug.

Gabbehs are traditionally hand-woven pile rugs of coarse quality and medium size characterized by an abstract design that relies upon open fields of color and a playfulness with geometry or simplicity. Made of natural, handspun wool yarn and all the colors are created with natural plant dye.

Gabbeh patterns are of a very basic kind with only a limited number of decorative, mostly rectangular objects resembling mainly animals.  Furthermore, usually bright colors, such as yellow and red, are used. Although large fields of solid color are used in Gabbeh designs, the color is variegated (the color varies throughout the rug, with the appearance of differently colored zones).

Gabbeh rugs are beautiful and unmistakably unique.  One Gabbeh rug might have a herd of Camels as embellishments while another may have a few fish or trees.    Some have small animals featured playfully throughout the field of the rug and some have no design at all, just simple variations of color dictating the design elements.

Gabbeh rugs with their simple designs are perfectly suited for modern interiors and work well with other Persian tribal rugs.  Taste in rugs is personal, and for those seeking simplicity with an eclectic touch, a Gabbeh is a great choice.

Oriental Rug Salon is the “cleaner of choice” to many rug collectors, insurance and restoration companies, Persian and Oriental rug retailers, interior designers, and rug owners desirous of a safe-professional cleaning of their cherished are rug.

Oriental Rug Salon is A+ Rated by the Better Business Bureau, a Certified Partner with the prestigious Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) and the International Carpet & Rug Institute (CRI), and a WoolSafe Approved Service Provider.

Our cleaning solutions are safe for wool and silk textiles and our technicians are experienced with all rug types.  Each rug trusted to us is washed by hand and we employ an experienced and certified rug master.

For more information about Oriental Rug Salon and the services we offer, please visit us online at or “call us on the carpet” any time at 239-424-8171.

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